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Slavery—Will It Be Revived?, Page 7

of truth.

“A terrible condition of things is certainly opening before us. According to the light which is given me in regard to the Southern Field, the work there must be done as wisely and carefully as possible, and it must be done in the manner in which Christ would work. The people will soon find out what you believe about Sunday and the Sabbath, for they will ask questions. Then you can tell them, but not in such a manner as to attract attention to your work. You need not cut short your work by yourself laboring on Sunday. It would be better to take that day to instruct others in regard to the love of Jesus and true conversion.”—E. G. White MS 22-a, 1895.

E. G. White Letter of Counsel to Elder Tait

The same day, November 20, Ellen White addressed a letter to Elder Tait, presenting her carefully prepared answer to the questions which had been placed before her, restating what she had said during the interview and presenting it as her statement of counsel. (See Exhibit B) This letter in its entirety was published in November, 1896 by Elder O. A. Olsen, president of the General Conference, in a pamphlet, Special Testimonies for Ministers and Workers, Series A, No. 6.

James Edson White in turn, in 1898, published this in The Southern Work, 97-108 a collection of E. G. White counsels published as an inspiration and guide to those who would work in the South.

This document reveals the concern entertained by Mrs. White that injudicious action on the part of Seventh-day Adventists could lead to a situation where “the colored people everywhere would be placed in a position of surveillance and under cruel treatment to the white people that would be no less than slavery.” (Exhibit B, page 1)

She counseled: “If the colored people are in any way educated to work on Sunday, there will be unsparing, merciless oppression brought upon them” (Exhibit B, page 2). This is as close as she came to making mention of the revival of slavery in the document which she sent out as representing the counsel which should go into the hands of our workers who were meeting the situation. Please turn and read the entire contents of Exhibit B to gain the full perspective.

Copies of the stenographic report of the November 20 interview (Exhibit A)

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